Arizona offensive coordinator Todd Haley was hired as coach of the Kansas City Chiefs on Friday after helping the Cardinals reach the Super Bowl.
The decision was confirmed to The Associated Press by a person
familiar with the hiring. The person spoke on condition of
anonymity because the announcement was pending.
Haley takes over a team that went a franchise-worst 2-14 under
coach Herm Edwards, who was fired Jan. 23. Edwards lost all but two
of his last 25 games and launched a rebuilding project that made
the Chiefs the league's youngest team this season.
The Chiefs haven't won a postseason game since an aging Joe
Montana was their quarterback in the 1993 season.
Haley, who turns 42 this month, helped shape an offense that
carried the Cardinals to an improbable NFC West title and nearly a
Super Bowl victory over Pittsburgh.
He did not start calling plays until late in the 2007 season.
But this season an Arizona offense led by quarterback Kurt Warner
set a franchise record with 427 points, finished third in scoring
in the NFL and was second in yards passing.
Leading to the Super Bowl, Haley repeatedly was questioned about
Kansas City and when he was expected to join new general manager
Scott Pioli at Arrowhead Stadium. Haley and Pioli worked together
at the New York Jets, where Haley's father, Dick, was personnel
director. It isn't known what other candidates Pioli interviewed.